Tales From the Wisconsin Front
When I was young, I often heard the famous song by Woodie Gutherie:
This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me.
I’ve noticed, I don’t hear this song as much these days. Although diversity and inclusiveness are such popular topics, the truth is the Democrat Party and the liberal elites are pushing identity politics, trying to break Americans into little segments of aggrieved voters, so they can mine every vote possible. I know Gutherie was a leftist too, but a feel-good song like this lets everyone know that this country belongs to all of us; we all have rights and responsibilities as citizens. But as we have seen in Wisconsin, that is not the prevailing liberal thought. Instead, the would-be liberal ruling class assumes they own the government and as government keeps expanding, they, therefore, will soon own everything. I suppose it’s a natural assumption, as the left feels it’s intellectually superior to us, the Christian conservative masses, in their mind the “great unwashed” of our country. It is their moral obligation to owe and control us.
There have been countless incidents across Wisconsin of liberals trampling other’s free speech during our 16 month “civil war” prior to the recall election. When I saw a MacIver Institute video filmed the day after the recall election, I thought back upon all the incidents where the left claimed public property for their exclusive use. read more »
It’s not a tax increase, it’s a penalty expansion!
In a bold, unpredictable move, President Obama declared on Monday his desire to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for all but the highest-income earners, by which he means anyone richer than Al and Peg Bundy.
Meanwhile, House Republicans plan to continue their Chinese water torture on the nation by voting on whether to continue the cuts for all levels of income earners for just 365 more days.
Yahoo News repeats Obama’s claim that not raising taxes on the wealthy will mean “cash-strapped state and federal governments have to make deeper cuts to education, infrastructure and scientific research,” by which he means copies of An Inconvenient Truth, solar panels at the White House, and Solyndra subsidies.
Could we stop talking for a moment about the lunacy of raising taxes in a recession, and focus on the fact that the federal government’s failure to enact a fixed, long-term tax structure for more than a few months at a time is nearly as detrimental to the country’s growth as failure to keep down rates on “the rich”? read more »
I’m seriously conflicted. I’m beginning to have flashbacks to the presidential race of 2008. There are some disturbing parallels between the candidacy of the hapless John “you can’t do it my friend” McCain and the present candidate, the anointed of the Washington Republican Establishment. It’s akin to the feeling I got when I realized that George Bush was anything but the conservative he positioned himself to be.
Americans have been watching with an almost preternatural intensity as this all too real drama plays out on our national stage. Mitt Romney ran for the nomination of the Republican Party like a junkyard dog… destroying candidate after candidate and devil-take-the-hindmost. It was readily apparent that he didn’t much care where the bottom of the swamp was either. Though many of us disliked his tactics… and they were short, brutal and to the point, we salved ourselves with the thought… “just wait for the campaign this summer and fall, Romney will chew up Obama and spit him out, we’ve got a tiger in our tank”. read more »
On Thursday the Supreme Court rejected the Obama administration’s justification for the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate as being covered by the Interstate Commerce Clause, since the law as written would not regulate commerce but compel it.
The court nonetheless upheld the individual mandate, which requires people to buy health insurance from private companies. The administration had characterized the penalty for not buying insurance as such, yet also asked the court to consider it a tax for the purpose of preventing the plaintiffs from suing, since under the Tax Anti-Injunction Act taxes may be challenged in court only after they have been paid. Roberts and the majority agreed that the penalty could not be considered a tax for the question of whether the plaintiffs could bring suit now. Yet in their view, it was perfectly acceptable for the penalty to be considered a tax for the purpose of forcing people to buy health insurance.
Roberts admitted, “Congress’s decision to label this exaction a ‘penalty’ rather than a ‘tax’ is significant because the Affordable Care Act describes many other exactions it creates as ‘taxes.’”
Yet in the majority opinion he wrote, “The Federal Government may enact a tax on an activity that it cannot authorize, forbid, or otherwise control.”
And therein lies the rub: Not purchasing health insurance is not an “activity.” It is a non-activity. (The hint is the word “not.”) read more »
It’s a tax… it’s a penalty… no, wait…it’s a tax.
Chief Justice John Roberts turned the Constitution and the Supreme Court on its head with a not-quite-coherent opinion in which he managed a tortured interpretation of the Obamacare Act, which was clearly intended to save the most detested piece of legislation since prohibition.
The temptation to jump on my keyboard as soon as I heard the announcement was severe. As with most news events, I prefer to wait until the immediate coverage has sorted itself from the garbage which so often accompanies events such as this. I’m glad I did. It gave me the opportunity to listen to the opinions of one of the true experts on the Constitution and Constitutional law in this country, Mark Levin.
For those of you seeking information you could not find a better, more coherent source than Mr Levin. His book, ‘Men in Black’, is a compelling look at the Supremes and their relationship to jurisprudence and the Constitution. His book,’Liberty and Tyranny’, is a tour de force which offers a compelling insight into the minds and actions of those who would destroy America as we know it. read more »
Metaphorically speaking, of course. The real war may come later, or not. Time will tell.
I am frankly astonished that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, bought the bull***t about the ObamaCare individual mandate being a tax, and not a tax, or both being a tax and not being a tax, or some such confusing nonsense. It reminds me of the joke about how many Zen Buddhists it takes to change a light bulb. The answer is four: One to change it, one to not change it, one to both change it and not change it, and one to transcend the experience.
That’s sort of funny. But this ruling is no laughing matter, because there is no way to transcend the experience.
In case anyone was wondering, and I am fairly certain you weren’t, I won’t be purchasing “comprehensive” health insurance. I will continue to purchase my “Hail Mary” policy, now called something else to skirt the BarryCare rules. I will continue to pay for my Pap smears and aspirin and occasional stitches out of pocket. And I won’t pay the damned tax penalty for managing my health care in the way I see fit.
Yeah, you heard me, Barry. F*** you and your tax that isn’t a tax but also is a tax. (Explain to me again why the Anti-Injunction Act doesn’t apply if the tax that isn’t a tax is in fact a tax. That seems odd.) You’re as confused about that as you are about your “date rape” mentality that assures you that doing things to people that they do not want done is totally okay. read more »
Can’t flippin’ STAND Rosie Perez, but that was one of the great lines from White Men Can’t Jump. (I’m still baffled by that “can’t hear Jimmy” stuff, but that’s a different discussion for another day.)
The Supreme Court has spoken about Arizona’s controversial law regarding illegal aliens, and they said…
No, no, no, and YES.
The portions of the law making it a state crime to be in the country illegally and requiring the arrest of those suspected of being illegal aliens, failing to carry with you proof that you ARE here legally, and illegally seeking employment, were struck down. At first I was all bummed out, and then I slogged through the reading of the decision, and suddenly, it made sense. Arizona doesn’t need to codify those things in state law, because federal law already exists spelling out those issues. read more »
By this time, it’s obvious that our glorious leader and fearless visionary is facing a very dicey path on his way to ‘another four years’. The facts are that no one in their right mind wants to see another four years of government sponsored penury… or government tyranny. Barack Hussein Obama committed his latest unconstitutional and illegal act by pronouncing the illegal alien ‘dream act’ through imperial fiat. Nothing, but nothing, this president has done to date is going to have the slap-in-the-face effect that his latest pandering will generate.
While the extra-constitutional behavior of Barack Hussein has the Kool-Aid crowd breathless with adoration, it hasn’t done much for his public relations image with the rest of the country. This is a country of immigrants. The synthesis of many cultures has gone into the formation of this country. The freedoms we enjoy and the opportunities those freedoms represent have been the beacon of promise for millions of legal immigrants… my own ancestors included. They prospered, we prospered, because of what they did, not because of what they had been given. They depended on government for nothing, except to stay out of their way. That’s exactly as the founders envisioned and intended for it to work. read more »
Lisa Brown is a state representative in Michigan. She has been barred from speaking on the floor of the state House because she blathered on about her vagina, a situation she is quite peeved about. She claims her vagina shouting was in the context of legislation regarding women’s health care, so that makes it all right.
It is NOT all right. I’m sure there is a time and a place to shout “Vagina! Vagina! Vagina!” The august halls of a legislative body really isn’t it, though.
When I was growing up, I attended a class called White Gloves And Party Manners. The course, spanning three months of Saturdays at Flah’s department store, taught a girl everything she needed to know about being socially graceful. I know which utensils to use and when, how to sit and even how to curtsy, how to be a good guest, how to address royalty and heads of state if I happen to be introduced to them, and yes, how to keep my white gloves nice.
Nowhere in all of that instruction did they ever mention that it was a good idea for me to publicly discuss my vagina should I be elected to political office. read more »
All Venezuela’s dictator Hugo Chávez ever wanted for America was a dictator just like him running the show. And now we have one.
It isn’t just the Fast & Furious cover-up, although that IS a very big deal. Invoking executive privilege to keep documents under wraps is a big deal. What leaves me completely baffled is, if the White House knew nothing about the monkey poop fight at the zoo known as Fast And Furious, then what possible authority allows the assertion of that privilege? Either Obama and Holder knew that gun dealers in Arizona were told by the BATF to sell guns to straw buyers, or they didn’t. Either they knew that 1,000 of those guns had gone missing, or they didn’t.
Richard Nixon taught us that the chief executive cannot invoke executive privilege to cover up screwing the pooch. Or rather, the Supreme Court taught us that, when they slapped Tricky Dick around and made him cough up his tapes. (Somehow, eavesdropping on your opponent seems quite mild compared to losing track of 1,000 firearms and having a few of them turn up in investigations of murdered law enforcement agents. Your mileage may vary.) That this allegedly brilliant Constitutional scholar doesn’t know he can’t use the privilege in that way makes him look like a clown in charge of a very warped circus. read more »
The Supreme Court’s impending Obamacare overrule seems to have liberal legal types anxious lately.
In their recent lecture-disguised-as-an-op-ed “Health Care Economics 101 And The Supreme Court,” University of Michigan professors Jill Horwitz and Helen Levy argue that by intervening in the health insurance market, government has the power to make healthcare uniquely efficient and affordable.
Assuming that that’s correct—and it’s not—so what?
Horwitz and Levy contest that upholding Obamacare’s individual mandate could lead to forcing people to buy broccoli or cars, as several Supreme Court Justices suggested during oral arguments in April. They write, “[T]here are significant economic differences between health care and the list of goods the amicus brief and some of the Justices cited… [T]he market for health care is characterized by multiple and substantial departures from the assumptions of perfect competition… [A]ppropriately structured government intervention—which in this case means guaranteed issue, community rating, and an individual mandate—can actually promote efficiency, solving the problem of market failure and making the pie bigger for everyone.” read more »
Everyone milled about anxiously, waiting with bated breath to hear if today would be the day that the Supreme Court handed down their decision on ObamaCare, or perhaps Arizona’s law regarding illegal aliens. But alas, it was not to be. With a giant exhale on the order of the massive toilet flush after the last episode of M*A*S*H (yes, that epic flush really did drop a reservoir 27 feet), the disappointed court-watchers went home to wait until Thursday, the next round of breath-bating.
That means they missed something kind of important. Rather, it is something important if you live in a state that has Indian tribes.
The case is Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak. One Mr. David Patchak claimed that turning what is known as the Bradley Tract, in Wayland township, Michigan, into an Indian casino would result in economic, environmental, and aesthetic harm. The tribe’s and the government’s defense was that the provisions of the Indian Relocation Act barred lawsuits intended to prevent putting land in trust and its ultimate development. The Supreme Court held that the Department of the Interior cannot take land into the reservation system without considering its intended end use, and any objections to that use. read more »
Can a president really just say “I know the law reads a certain way, but I don’t like it, so I’m going to issue an executive order to change it”?
Having had a few hours to digest the bypassing of Congress to inflict the DREAM ACT on America, I have a few comments and questions.
My first comment is to the girl on the right in this photo:
I don’t know. What does an illegal alien look like? Since illegal aliens come from many dozens of different countries, there is no “look” associated with them. “Illegal alien” is a legal status, not a race or ethnicity. To say they all look the same is like saying all felons look the same. There’s plenty of room for everybody on the Criminal Train. read more »
With Wisconsin recall election exit polling data showing 27% of union members voted for Governor Walker and the last Marquette University poll before the election, indicating the total was closer to 40%, Ed Schultz of MSNBC demanded to know why union members would vote for Scott Walker.
I thought I’d write a response: Ed, as a former member of a public employee union, let me count the reasons:
1. Pro-life issues. 99% of union political contributions go to Democrat Party candidates. Pro-life politicians have become virtually extinct in the Democrat Party. Instead, Democrats at all levels compete with each other to be the candidate who promises the most radical pro-abortion agenda. With this incredible imbalance of contributions, public employee unions have become the major financial source for pro-abortion politicians. Wisconsin Planned Parenthood, of course, endorsed the recall. When I attend pro-life rallies, it is so heartwarming to see people in their green AFSCME t-shirts shouting obscenities at us. The fact is, these days no pro-life candidate of either party, would get a penny in contributions from public employee unions. read more »
A gentleman named Mark Regnerus has done a study of gay parenting that has a lot of people in a lather. You can read his Slate article about it here. He is being criticized for having an agenda, being a bigot, a homophobe, and a Christian zealot. No word on whether anyone has called his mother an astronaut yet.
His study finds that children who spend a portion of their childhood being parented by same-sex partners, a gay single parent, or a “mixed orientation” couple, are, as adults, “more apt to report being unemployed, less healthy, more depressed, more likely to have cheated on a spouse or partner, smoke more pot, had trouble with the law, report more male and female sex partners, more sexual victimization, and were more likely to reflect negatively on their childhood family life, among other things.” He adds that while the study did not attempt to determine causation, it could be due to the instability of their living situations.
I wasn’t the least bit surprised. read more »
Liberals conspired for two years to plant a web of technologically sophisticated, hard-to-defuse bombs across the country’s urban and suburban centers, explosives that sparked up here and there frightening people and were programmed to detonate four years later.
Conservative SWAT teams screamed and pleaded and begged the public not to let them do it, and tried to stop the impending carnage via arguments, campaigns, and ultimately elections. Liberals just laughed at the chaos like the Joker.
Twenty-six states sought intervention from the Supreme Court, which may be on the verge of defusing the bombs, and if the Court doesn’t do it the next Republican Congress will. The right inevitably will spread collateral damage as they storm into downtown areas cordoning off districts, deactivating trigger devices, resetting timers, and safely dismantling and clearing out every last bomb.
Naturally, the media are blaming conservatives for the mess they’re going to make clearing out the explosives liberals planted.
The bombs in question are, of course, the various provisions of Obamacare. The disorder left by conservatives’ clearing them out constitutes “messy ripple effects” the mainstream media are warning about if conservatives get their way. read more »
Sometime in the next couple of weeks, we will see what the Supreme Court is going to do about ObamaCare, or BarryCare as I call it, because it is a more euphonious moniker. I have no crystal ball, so I do not know what the Court’s decision will be. The predictions market InTrade, however, has a very definite opinion. The share price for the individual mandate being overturned spiked after that Vermicelli dude or whatever his name is ended up looking like an incompetent boob during the oral arguments in March. The price continues to climb as the rendering of the decision gets closer, and the prediction for overturning the mandate has been as high as 72.3%.
I don’t like the individual mandate on philosophical grounds. I also don’t like it because it pees in my Wheaties in terms of how I procure my health care. I choose to carry a “Hail Mary” policy in case I accidentally lop my leg off with a chainsaw and might like it reattached. I pay for the routine stuff out of pocket, mostly because my physician doesn’t accept insurance. A rather large portion of what he does isn’t covered by insurance, so he chooses not to go through the paperwork hassles. read more »
Some of the most enduring images of the great depression of 1929-1939 are those of long lines of obviously beaten-down men in soup lines… hungry women and children with haunted eyes. Shantytowns sprang up all over the country, called Hoovervilles in mocking derision of the disastrous policies that engendered the crash and the even worse schemes which perpetuated the depression until 1939 and the advent of the Second World War.
Twenty five per cent unemployment… some eleven million three hundred thousand people lost their jobs, homes and farms, out of a pre-depression population of 120 million. Contrast that to today, with a population of over 312.8 million with some 27 million American workers no longer on the unemployment rolls. These folks didn’t just fly to never-never land. They are the flotsam and jetsam of Barack Hussein Obama and his DeMarxists’ living fantasies. It’s that pesky hopey changey thing again.
Today, there are forty five million plus families dependent on food stamps in Barack Hussein Obama’s ‘Ameritopia’ (thanks, Mark Levin). There are 15.7 million Americans officially out of work, despite all the DeMarxist spin to the contrary. In Barack Hussein Obama’s America, one million one hundred thousand jobs were lost by women. So much for the Republicans’ and Mitt Romney’s supposed ‘war on women’. read more »
I am reading with fascination the tales of the protests by students in Montreal today. There is a Formula One race going on there, and people from around the world show up. (I hope that Austin, Texas is ready for them come November. F1 fans are really quite something. I’m still laughing about the culture shock when they tried Formula One here in Phoenix twenty years ago. To say that almost nothing went right is an understatement.)
The students are protesting tuition hikes at their universities, and capitalism in general. Their hope was to create such a disturbance that the race would be shut down. That worked in Bahrain last year, but I would venture to say that the average Canadian student has it a bit better than the average impoverished goat-herder in a Middle Eastern country with limited liberties and no economic opportunity. So protest seemed unlikely to find success in the land of poutine. read more »